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Focus Features International Nabs Deals on Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner Passion Project, and on Amy Winehouse Documentary

Focus Features International has announced multi-territory sales on writer-director Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, a long-gestating passion project starring Leigh regular Timothy Spall as the renowned Brit painter; and on Asif Kapadia's untitled documentary on troubled singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 4:22 PM
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Ridley Scott's 'Crimes of the Century' Docu-Series Comes to CNN

Taking a tip from Nat Geo, CNN has added Ridley Scott to its summer schedule. The writer-director's tantalizing new series "Crimes of the Century," set to premiere on June 23, will focus each week during its eight-episode run on a shocking historical event with far-reaching repercussions. Subjects include the assassination of John Lennon, the Amanda Knox murder trial and the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 4:21 PM
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On Trying to Work in the Name of a Festival Sponsor (Without Compromising One's Journalistic Integrity)

Since I was a teenager, I've wondered why Coke and Pepsi still have to advertise. Is there anyone who knows what a carbonated beverage is who isn't already aware of these two iconic brands of cola? How hard is it to taste both and decide if a personal preference emerges or that either (or neither) one will do?
  • By Lisa Nesselson
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  • June 3, 2013 3:52 PM
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Review: Joss Whedon's Verily Updated 'Much Ado About Nothing' (VIDEO)

A healthy dose of disrespect keeps Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” from toppling into the swamp of sensibilities that so often swallows up Shakespeare updates – those well-intentioned “reimaginings” that put a cast in new clothes and new attitudes, and thus render the dialogue even dustier than it already might seem (at least to audiences who wouldn’t go to an Elizabethan play without the barrel of a revolver stuck up their collective nostril).
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 3, 2013 1:53 PM
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Outfest Announces Five Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

Outfest has announced the five fellows of its 2013 Screenwriting Lab, a program in its 11th year and with support from a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Full list of recipients below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 1:41 PM
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Deadline: Where There's Smoke There's Fire UPDATED "He knows I'm a bitch, that's why he bought me"

There are some wisps of truth in Sharon Waxman's breathless Sunday announcement that Jay Penske has fired Nikki Finke from Deadline Hollywood. But Deadline owner Jay Penske told Waxman that her report was full of errors. Deadline's Mike Fleming wrote a defense of Finke and posted a legal response. Monday morning Finke weighed in. "Just stop it!" she exhorted Waxman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 1:02 PM
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Fox Searchlight Picks Up 'Dom Hemingway,' Starring Jude Law, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke

Fox Searchlight has snapped up North American rights to black comedy-crime tale "Dom Hemingway," starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant ("Doctor Who"), Demian Bichir (Oscar-nominated for "A Better Life") and Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"). The film is written and directed by Richard Shepard, who recently directed a handful of Lena Dunham's "Girls" second-season episodes (including the controversial "One Man's Trash," guest-starring Patrick Wilson).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 12:46 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.9: 'The Rains of Castamere' - No Recap = No Spoilers

No spoilers of any kind in this small contribution on the single most significant "Game of Thrones" episode to date. Recap write-ups from the East Coast were posted hours ago, and HBO has been sending out screener discs not in advance but days or even weeks after episodes are shown, which makes it tough for Westies to compete. We're operating on the premise that a good review is worth waiting for.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 3, 2013 12:15 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on 'Enter the Dragon,' Starring Bruce Lee

Retakes! week begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing "Enter the Dragon."
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  • June 3, 2013 11:22 AM
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Satirical Article on Sharon Stone as Cannes Heist Robber is Taken Seriously

Earlier this weekend, Yahoo's front-page for their entertainment section featured the headline: "Sharon Stone Named Suspected in Cannes Jewel Heist." Below the headline, the credit goes to Variety. As an insanely juicy twist on the Cannes jewels heist, the news item was understandably given high billing in Yahoo's newsfeed scroll.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • June 3, 2013 4:18 AM
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